As we approach the 2015 Family Synod, Catholics want to engage in a meaningful way. They want a voice on the important issues that will be discussed. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldiserri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops has made it clear that the bishops of the world should be listening to Catholics at the grassroots level.
Synod delegates and leaders will be helped in their task to fashion new pastoral practices by Catholics who know the realities of the issues being discussed “from the inside,” from experience. Thus, we offer these listening session tools as a way for you to discuss together the realities of family, marriage and human sexuality, as well as the Church’s pastoral practices.
Your responses will be gathered in a report and sent to our bishops and to Cardinal Baldiserri before the deadline on April 15, 2015 (see full timeline below).
The final report will also be useful as we gather delegations to meet with bishops and synod delegates prior to the 2015 Family Synod in Rome in October 2015. In those meetings, we can share the voices of the many Catholics who dialogued together about the issues that will be discussed at the synod.
Please find on this page tools you can download and use to have a listening session in your parish or community.
Basic templates needed for listening sessions
4. Convener or moderator reporting tool (upload reports by March 31, 2015)
Additional resources for listening sessions
Convene listening sessions February and March 2015
Conveners/Moderators upload all listening session March 31, 2015 deadline
reports into Survey Monkey
Organizers prepare report and send to synod leaders April 15, 2015 deadline
(The report will also be shared on this website)
Catholics organize meetings with bishops and synod April – August 2015
delegates prior to 2015 Family Synod